Divorce is complicated and, during this emotional time, you’ll need strong legal representation.
Whether your divorce is contested or not, our attorneys can help you navigate the legal landscape in the State of Texas and help solve any issues that arise along the way.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions when someone is going through the divorce process in Texas.
The fast answer is, don’t.
There’s an old saying that a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client. Don’t roll the dice on your future.
The fact is, only lawyers have the specialized training and experience that it takes to initiate and complete the divorce process successfully. Going it alone means you will make costly mistakes that could have life-changing consequences.
Worse yet, if your spouse hires an attorney and you do not, you could be at an extreme disadvantage. Persons who try to file for divorce using their own research or using a low-cost or inexperienced attorney may succumb to pitfalls they otherwise could have avoided.
In Texas, those seeking divorce must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for divorce. For instance, one spouse must have been a legal resident of the state for at least 6 months prior to filing. In addition, this person must have lived in their current county for at least 90 days.
Texas is one of only a handful of states that recognizes both fault-based and no-fault divorce. This means a couple can cite the reasoning for divorce in their official petition with the court.
Common grounds for divorce include:
If either party chooses to cite fault in their divorce, they must be prepared to back up their claims with evidence to its legitimacy.
While it is common for attorneys anywhere to have predictable hourly rates, the cost of your particular divorce depends entirely on your unique situation. In general, the more complicated a case is, the more assets a couple has, the more meticulous a good attorney needs to be in order to produce the best possible outcome.
There are still many other factors that can draw out the process causing costs to go up. The best way to find out how much your particular situation will cost to remedy is to schedule a time to talk with a lawyer and have them review the facts of your specific situation.
At that point, a good attorney should be able to give you an estimate of time and cost to deliver the outcome you want. Remember that just because you pay an attorney for an initial consultation, does not mean you have to go with that attorney.
Legal representation is often only one service people may need when going through the divorce process. Often there are numerous other impacts to a person’s life as a result of dissolving a marriage.
People may experience:
There are numerous local resources in Sugar Land that people can take advantage of if they are experiencing any of the above.
Text of Texas Family Code: Title 5. The Parent-Child Relationship and the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship; Subtitle B. Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship; Chapter 154. Child Support.
Text of Texas Family Code: Title 1. The Marriage Relationship; Subtitle C. Dissolution of Marriage; Chapter 6. Suit for Dissolution of Marriage.
Text of Texas Family Code: Title 1. The Marriage Relationship; Subtitle C. Dissolution of Marriage; Chapter 7. Award of Marital Property
Text of Texas Family Code: Title 1. The Marriage Relationship; Subtitle C. Dissolution of Marriage; Chapter 8. Maintenance.
Text of Texas Family Code: Title 5. The Parent-Child Relationship and the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship; Subtitle B. Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship; Chapter 153. Conservatorship, Possession, and Access.
Child custody: In Texas, child custody is known as “conservatorship.” Matters of conservatorship are often the most hotly contested among divorcing spouses. We can help you establish a workable agreement with your estranged spouse including on issues of child custody, child support, and alimony.
Spousal maintenance: Also called alimony, this is awarded in cases where one spouse makes significantly more income than the other. Generally, it is intended to assist the lesser-earning spouse in maintaining the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage.
Because Texas family court judges can determine spousal maintenance at their own discretion, it’s important to have an experienced divorce attorney by your side to help you with matters of spousal maintenance.
Division of property: Texas is a community property state, which means the property acquired during your marriage must be divided evenly between both spouses, whereas separate property will remain with the spouse who brought it into the marriage.
It’s important to note that although the law states the division of property should be equitable, this does not mean division will be equal. An equitable outcome relies on a few different factors concerning the divorce, such as income level and the standard of living each spouse is accustomed to.
An Aggressive Divorce Lawyer
We pride ourselves on delivering sound guidance to our clients. If you are thinking about divorce, our Sugar Land attorney can work with you to create an agreement that best suits your needs and wishes.
To schedule a consultation with a Sugar Land divorce lawyer, call our firm at (832) 276-9474 today!